Connect with us

Sports

Magosi bid to stop Popa tonight

Published

on

The BTC Premiership is back to life after an impromptu FIFA international break, and the league resumes under floodlights tonight with Township Rollers and Mochudi Centre Chiefs locking horns at the National Stadium. Both sides look set to revive the rivalry that has characterised them for many years. While Magosi have been blowing hot and cold over the past football weeks, Popa are in a form of their lives having set the country alight with their recent mind-blowing performances at continental stage. The game kicks off at 19:30hrs.

Going into the match tonight, Magosi harbour hopes of beating Rollers and derailing them from their BTC Premiership crown ambitions while also keeping hopes of a Top 8 spot alive. However, Popa will be kicking and punching every obstacle that tries to block their pathway to a third successive BTC Premiership title. Popa have been going back and forth with tactics and line ups since the suspension of two of their strikers Mothokozisi Msomi and Joel Mogorosi. With the two players missing, Edwin Moalosi will once again be at his talismanic role against Magosi. Having Moalosi upfront is what Mapalastiana Coach Nikola Kavazovic will relish most tonight with the pint-sized attacker’s nimble movement on and off the ball set to spur the blues on to another scintillating performance. He is expected to lead the attack with his ability to find pockets of spaces in defense.

Kavazovic’s tactical awareness and ability to read the game has seen Popa win big games, his ever fresh mind and wide open eyes will be resourceful tonight. Popa are currently on top form and if there is a team that can spoil things for them, it is the black and white outfit they face tonight. Magosi’s strike force of players like Khumoitsile Kufigwa and Tendai Nyamadzawo may have been firing blanks lately, but a game against your fiercest rivals always has a way of giving extra motivation that could see them surprise the favourites in this match. Besides, their strongest point has always been in the midfield from where they could orchestrate moves to frustrate Popa. With Rollers still expected to come down on Magosi like a tonne of bricks, the Magosi coach Innocent Morapedi will need to have all his arrows in his quiver, his defensive mind should be at work, and it is tonight that his tactical instincts should be alive and kicking.As usual the pace of Thatayaone Ramatlapeng and Botshelo Lerato will be key on the wings, targeting to run behind Popa full backs, who enjoy overlapping trips. A loss for Magosi will put their Top 8 ambitions at risk while a stumble by Popa could see them face a sterner challenge from the likes of Jwaneng Galaxy going forward.

Continue Reading
Comments

Sports

Heelang, hands off journalists!

Published

on

In our last edition, we touched on athletes who need to be media savvy, however it appears the vaccine needs to be administered on sports leaders too.

There is a highly contagious disease spreading rapidly in the sports space with those in power having a wrong perception of owning the media or somehow entitled to publicity. Such people want to literally dictate what should be broadcast or published, fa ba bata go go nyantshetsa o utwa gotwe, write and send back so I crosscheck.

That equals disrespecting and undermining a journalist to the lowest level; it is more like wanting to teach a scribe how to do their work. If you are in a wrong profession at your respected workplace, please kindly send in your Curriculum Vitae (CV) to newsrooms, you might land that Editor- In Chief position. Then there are those who will make scribes feel like they signed a death warrant, why did you not cover my event? You are not reliable; you are only good at chasing certain individuals. Heelang! Stop crucifying journalists, they do not owe anyone anything and realistically speaking cannot cover everything to please all.

Oops and there are those who never want anything bad or controversial associated with their name. They start off as bosom buddies, discussing ‘non offensive’ issues and once in a while a compliment thrown their way. Once the dark days come knocking and gears are changed, suddenly the same journalist ke moloi wa meno a 4 mo ganong. Really now? So, all along the witch was not visible and now that the tables have turned and it hurts like never before, things have become clearer? Perhaps, you forget what the real job of a scribe is? You cannot befriend a journalist my friends, if you do, then something is seriously wrong! Expect the good together with the bitter taste of unwanted publicity.

There is also a time when the scribes are labelled bomma dijo le bo Rradijo. To an extent that you even emphasize that there will be food at your events, so the more the merrier! I agree, generally only a few can say NO to free food but it becomes a bit untidy when you put a food price tag to your events. Ga re gane, there are some colleagues with a huge appetite and they are not even shy about it but isn’t it that there are people like that all over.

Le re tshabisa go ja, please! Another trend, initially good but now disturbing is that of organisations spoiling some rotten journalists by travelling with them to certain places, all expenses fully paid for. This includes food, accommodation and transportation. Things then become cozy when a drink or two is thrown in, nice but at what expense? Is it out of good will or tantamount to bribery?

Some associations tend to confuse it all with rubbing off bad publicity. Kgantele e nna, ao laitaka, o lebala o robetse ko Cresta Hotel ke go reketse biri? A guilty conscience then kicks in and stories are shelved. It is only a few that manage to look beyond the fancy trips and royal treatment and uphold journalism principles. Better you spoil journalists but without undue expectations, accept both the bad and the good coming your way.

Continue Reading

Sports

Abidal punches ticket to TS Galaxy

Published

on

[PHOTO:www.facebook.com/TownshipRollersFC]

Township Rollers’s defensive Midfielder Gape ‘Abidal’ Mohutsiwa has confirmed that he will be plying his trade at South African based TS Galaxy next season.

This follows rife speculation that Mohutsiwa’s deal with Galaxy might have somehow fallen off. The strong suspicions came about last week when the national first division side communicated the team’s new signings. Local based players of Mosha Gaolaolwe, Thero Setsile and Ezekiel Morake were mentioned in the list and Mohutsiwa’s name was suspiciously omitted. As if that was not enough, the team went on to show off pictures of the trio signing contracts with the team management but still no mention of Mohutsiwa.

Speaking to Sun Sport this week, Mohutsiwa explained that he had seen the communication but made nothing from it. “I am still going because even my work permit is ready, all is well and there is no need to panic,” he said.

The 22-year-old pointed out that TS Galaxy had informed that they will communicate dates to join them in South Africa. He is expecting their call anytime after completing the season this coming weekend.

“I also saw those pictures with the management and its is not like they signed the contracts last week. I suspect that they were just appreciating the performance made by my fellow colleagues Morake and Setsile during the COSAFA championships staged in Durban South Africa,” said Mohutsiwa.

The young Abidal as he is well known is convinced that the TS Galaxy management was just ‘boasting’ about the kind of talent they are bringing to their team. “I did not perform to the best of my ability during COSAFA championships but I cannot say they were neglecting me, I am actually fine with it,” he said.

Mohutsiwa added that as young as he is, he believes that he has a lot to offer and the intention is not to return home in a year or so. He has been signed for three years and the expectation is that he completes his term and perhaps find other lucrative deals out there.

Continue Reading

Trending